Originally Posted by Stay Puft
Speculation and the same people who buy the 4960X over the 4930K today. Not everyone is as smart as we are and they see the X and figure "what the hell".
the same people who buy the 4960X over the 4930K are the same people who will buy a 5960X
over anything else because they want the best they can get at any price...the people who buy the 4930K are the ones who want the best they can get within some reason, which would be a 6-core 5820K for $200 less than a 6-core 5930K...
again, there has to be incentive, such as fewer cores (although its pretty much been confirmed 6 core will be the lowest for s2011-3, at least on consumer side), no HT (never seen an i7 w/o HT), less cache (almost laughable at this day and age for desktop computing, unless its a crippling amount, it certainly doesn't matter in i5 vs. i7 on the mainstream side) and the only other way I can think of is if they somehow decide to disable number of PCI-e lanes and/or memory controller, but that would be a first.
I was mostly just challenging your speculation that there wouldn't be an 8 core K part, and was curious if it was just speculation and not something more concrete, because I just don't see the logic there at all.
I'd say it would be far more likely to see an ~$800 8-core 5930K and a $500-600 6-core 5820K, rather than a $600 6-core 5930K and a $400 6-core 5820K
980X - Released in March 2010
970 - Released July 2010
yeah, I said it took a couple months to get non-extreme 6-core part, but 3-4 months is far better than a year+, which is what you were inferring with Broadwell-E